Muslim Advocates, along with co-counsel Americans for Immigrant Justice, filed this lawsuit on behalf of five Somali Muslim immigrants, held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) in Florida’s Glades County Detention Center (“GCDC”). GCDC staff have repeatedly and gratuitously denied the men religious items, the ability to pray, religiously-compliant food and other necessities that would enable them to practice their chosen religion. ICE officials are aware of the abuse but have failed to take any remedial actions. The defendant entities and individuals being sued include ICE officials, Glades County Sheriff David Hardin and Glades County Chaplain John Booher—all of whom either personally violated the Muslim men’s rights to free exercise or knowingly allowed the violations to occur.
Date filed: February 27, 2019
Court(s): United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Co-Counsel: Americans for Immigrant Justice